Will.i.am, Taboo, Diplo & More on Importance of Giving Back at #RocDaCourt Basketball Charity Game (Exclusive)
By Liz Calvario
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A slew of celebrities reunited at the Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas for a good cause.
Ahead of the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Black Eyed Peas singers Will.i.am and Taboo, Diplo, Reik, Tainy, Jesse Huerta from Jesse y Joy, Benny Blanco and many more put on their jerseys and athletic wear for Roc Nation's first annual Latin Celebrity Basketball Game #RocDaCourt, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada at Tarkanian Court in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
"To have a good time, work out and support folks in need, philanthropic at heart, [is great]," Will.i.am told ET's Denny Directo prior to the game. "I know what it's like spending day after day after day for a cause and when you're reaching out to people for help. I know what it feels like. It's an honor to be here."
Taboo added, "It's always good to be in this atmosphere…It's good to see all the camaraderie of the artists coming together and having this great basketball game."
Divided into two teams, El Combo (rocking white jerseys) and La Familia (wearing black), the artists gave it their all during the game. For Huerta, playing basketball for charity was something he wanted to do to "help out" and give back.
The singer -- who currently has a new single out with J Balvin and sister Joy, "Mañana es Too Late" -- also touched on working with the reggaeton singer, calling him "one of my best friends. I consider him family…He's amazing, super fun."
He also expressed his happiness for his sister, Joy, who recently announced she and her wife are expecting their first child together. "I'm just so happy that she is happy and she is sharing this amazing and beautiful news," Huerta shared. "And also happy to know that the family is growing."
Meanwhile, for Diplo, who was on the winning team La Familia, he told ET, "This game is all that matters," jokingly adding that he would do anything to win, fouls included. The DJ has had the opportunity to work with a slew of big names in Latin music, including Balvin, Bad Bunny and Maluma.
"I just feel like it's a moment in music, it's a vibe," he said of Latin music taking over the mainstream.
ET was with Becky G, Natti Natasha and Karol G on Wednesday, where they talked female empowerment and the wonderful opportunities that Latin music has given them. See more below.